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GEOG454 Alpine Geomorphology

Earth surface processes and resultant landforms in high altitude and high latitude areas.

Paper title Alpine Geomorphology
Paper code GEOG454
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,307.76
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,517.77

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The content of this paper assumes that students will have completed an undergraduate degree in Geography, Earth Science or Geology

Please contact Professor Sean Fitzsimons for information on the recommended background for this paper

Teaching staff
Course Instructor: Professor Sean Fitzsimons
Paper Structure


  • Mountain geomorphology
  • Alpine sediment transfer
  • Lake sedimentary processes
  • Alluvial fans

Field School:

  • Mapping landforms
  • Environmental monitoring: temperature, precipitation, river stage, sediment tracking and accumulation
  • Coring
  • Geophysical survey


  • A survey of alpine landscape development processes
  • Case studies from different mountain systems

This paper is 100% internally assessed

Teaching Arrangements

One 1:50-minute lecture per week

Text books are not required for this paper, but Bierman and Montgomery (2013) Key Concepts in Geomorphology is a useful resource. (Available on close reserve in the Science Library)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding of the complex nature of interactions between tectonic and surface processes
  • Understanding how mountain development is driven by tectonic and climatic processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of the erosion, transportation and deposition processes in an alpine setting
  • The ability to reconstruct landscape change using lake sediments
  • An advanced ability to integrate field and laboratory evidence of landscape change

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 16, 18-22